Never-Fail Cranberry Pecan Biscotti.Use this basic recipe and substitute your favourite nuts and dried fruit. Perfect for holiday mornings with a cup of coffee or tea.

Never-Fail Cranberry Pecan Biscotti

A basic biscotti recipe that consistently turns out perfectly. Add your choice of nuts and dried fruit to make this Never-Fail Cranberry Pecan Biscotti.
Course Cookies and Bars
Cuisine American, Canadian, Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 88kcal
Author Flavour & Savour


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp lemon zest finely grated
  • 1 tsp egg white, beaten with 2 tsp. water (for brushing top of dough)

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (or just enough to make a spreadable consistency.


  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • In a medium bow, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture in 2 additions, until just combined.
  • Add the pecans, cranberries and lemon zest.
  • Form into a ball by pressing together with your hands. It may look like it is too dry and crumbly, but it comes together once you press it together.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured board. Divide in half and form into two logs, 12 inches long. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Brush with egg white.
  • Bake at 325°F for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • With a sharp knife, slice the logs into 1/2 inch slices on a slight diagonal.
  • Stand the slices upright on the baking sheet, spaced slightly apart.
  • Reduce oven heat to 300°F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Cookies will be slightly soft in the center but will harden as they cool.
  • Cool completely, then drizzle with lemon glaze. Let glaze harden completely before storing in airtight containers or packaging as gifts.


For a flavour variation, substitute 2 teaspoons cinnamon for the lemon zest.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg